Resources & Support

Iowa Resources & Support

The Iowa Information & Referral Center

Located at UnityPoint Health in Des Moines, the unique contribution of this Center is to respond to the particular needs of persons affected by Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers through education, referral, support and public awareness programs. Our medical director is Dr. Lynn K. Struck and the full-time staff Director is Sydney Petersen.

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Music and Movement, Ballroom Dancing for Parkinson’s

A new 8 week session will be offered for free and fully sponsored by the Iowa Chapter of the APDA. The classes will be held on Monday evenings, beginning on Tuesday, March 31, 2020- May 19, 2020 6-7 PM at Des Moines University, Atrium in the Student Center. For additional information, contact Tallis at Des Moines Ballroom: 515-277-3545.   You can register for this class here.

Class Details

We are dancing with excitement to offer you another class to ease the burden of Parkinson’s. This is a movement and music class, which targets not only physical but also cognitive components in the body.

We have partnered with Des Moines University and Des Moines Ballroom on this quest. Students will serve as partners and spotters, making it both safe and worry free if you have slight balance issues or think you need to bring a partner in order to dance.

The class will begin with warm-ups to music, both singing and then moving. Don’t worry if you are not a singer because just hearing the music helps the brain; however, singing has been proven to strengthen the voice in Parkinson’s. After that, you will move into learning (or refreshing) skills in fox trot, swing and waltz.

A new 8 week session will be offered for free, and is fully sponsored by the Iowa Chapter of the APDA. The classes will be held on Tuesday evenings, beginning March 31st- May 19th.  You can register for this class here.


** As a PwP you are also welcome to take any Ballroom dancing classes of your choice at Des Moines Ballroom with a scholarship through the Iowa APDA. Please let DSM Ballroom know you would like to utilize the PD scholarship from the Iowa APDA to attend.

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Statewide Services

There are several wonderful Iowa organizations that serve people with disabilities and older Iowans.

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Support Groups

Listing of support groups in Iowa for people with Parkinson’s Disease and their care partners.

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Exercise Classes

Listing of exercise classes in Iowa for people with Parkinson’s Disease.

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LSVT Big and Loud Therapy

Big and Loud Outpatient Therapy is designed specifically for those with Parkinson’s and helps them achieve goals that are meaningful to their daily life. Learn more about how Big and Loud Therapy could benefit you and your family, here. Find a therapist in your area here. 

Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease

Information for Iowans with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease.

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